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U.S. Soccer Wire: August 18, 2008


U.S. WNT WILL FACE BRAZIL FOR GOLD MEDAL ON THURS., AUG. 21;
U.S. MNT TRAVELS TO GUATEMALA FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER;
U.S. MEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM FINISHES THIRD IN GROUP B AT 2008 OLYMPICS;
U.S. WNT TO FACE IRELAND IN THREE-GAME, POST-OLYMPIC TOUR

U.S. WNT DEFEATS JAPAN, 4-2, ADVANCES TO GOLD MEDAL MATCH: Two goals from Angela Hucles led the way for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team, who defeated Japan, 4-2, in the semifinals at Workers’ Stadium in Beijing, China. Lori Chalupny and Heather O’Reilly also tallied for the U.S., who will face Brazil for the gold medal at 9 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 21, at Workers’ Stadium in Beijing. The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals after finishing in top spot in Group G with a 4-0 win against New Zealand in the final group match. The U.S. Women then defeated Canada, 2-1, in overtime in the quarterfinals in the teams’ fifth meeting of the year.

U.S. WNT Olympic Group G Schedule
Date      Opponent         Result / Time (ET)  U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 6    Norway            0-2 L                             --
Aug. 9    Japan              1-0 W                           Lloyd
Aug. 12  New Zealand 4-0 W                           O’Reilly, Rodriguez, Tarpley, Hucles
Aug. 15  Canada           2-1 W (OT)                  Hucles, Kai
Aug. 18   Japan              4-1 W                          Hucles (2), Chalupny, O’Reilly
Aug. 21   Brazil               9 a.m. (Live on USA Network and NBC Olympic Soccer Channel)

BRADLEY NAMES ROSTER TO FACE GUATEMALA ON AUG. 20: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named an 18-player roster that will travel to face Guatemala on Aug. 20 in the USA’s first match of the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City is set for 8 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT Roster vs. Guatemala
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC)

U.S. MEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM FINISHES THIRD IN GROUP B: In their final match of group play, the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team fought bravely to overcome being down a man for 87 minutes, but the heroics of goalkeeper Brad Guzan and a last-minute frenzy to score the equalizer were not enough as the U.S. fell 2-1 to Nigeria before 48,096 at the Beijing Workers' Stadium. The loss knocked the U.S. out of the 2008 Olympic Games, while Nigeria earned first place in Group B.

U.S. Men's Olympic Group B Schedule
Date       Opponent        Result     U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 7    Japan              1-0 W        Holden
Aug. 10 Netherlands    2-2 T         Kljestan, Altidore
Aug. 13 Nigeria             1-2 L          Kljestan

WNT TO PLAY THREE-GAME TOUR AFTER THE 2008 OLYMPICS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on Ireland in a three-match tour following the 2008 Olympic Games, hitting stops on the East Coast and Midwest shortly after their return from the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The Fall Tour gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field, and continues on Wed., Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The last of these three games will be played on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Fans can follow all the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Ticket information for all three matches is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT Post-Olympic Tour
Date         Opponent  Venue; City                                                          Time
Sept. 13   Ireland        Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.    8 p.m. ET
Sept. 17   Ireland        Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.          7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 20   Ireland         Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.                            7 p.m. CT

D.C. UNITED, CHARLESTON BATTERY ADVANCE TO OPEN CUP FINAL: The 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship will feature a United Soccer Leagues First Division team for the first time since 1999, when D.C. United hosts the Charleston Battery on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium. The 95th edition of the historic tournament final will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. D.C. United advanced to their third Open Cup final after defeating the defending champion New England Revolution, 3-1, at RFK Stadium on Aug. 12. For their part, the Charleston Battery played the Seattle Sounders, also from the USL First Division, to a 1-1 draw in regulation at Blackbaud Stadium on Aug. 12. The home side advanced to the final for the first time in team history, winning 4-3 on penalty kicks after goalkeeper Dusty Hudock blocked the decisive final penalty in the shootout.

Semifinal Results
Date Matchup Venue; City, State Result
Aug. 12 New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 1-3
Aug. 12 Seattle Sounders (USL1) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 1-1 (3-4 pk)

U.S. Open Cup Final
Date Matchup Venue; City, State Time (ET)
Sept. 3 Charleston Battery (USL1) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 7:30 p.m.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MEN PLAY GUATEMALA TWICE IN FLORIDA: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen called in 16 players to a training camp from Aug. 10-14 in Sunrise, Fla. The U.S. U-20 Men dropped their first match and tied their second in a two-game series against the Guatemala U-20 Men’s National Team during that camp. In their first match, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, a Mynor Gomez goal was the difference in the 1-0 loss. The teams then played to a scoreless draw two days later.

U.S. U-20 MNT Results
Date        Opponent       Result
Aug. 12   Guatemala      0-1 L
Aug. 14   Guatemala      0-0 T

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Duble (Cocoa, Fla.), Brian Perk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Arena (Kenmore, Wash.), Ike Opara (Durham, N.C.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.);
MIDFIELDERS (4): Daniel Cruz (Glendale, Ariz.), Gerson Mayen (Los Angeles, Calif.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.);
FORWARDS (4): Carlos Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.), Steven Cabas (Miami, Fla.), Abdus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Michele Martucci (Miami, Fla.)

CUBA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO QUALIFY FOR 2009 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP: Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship by advancing to the 2008 Caribbean Football Union Youth Cup championship match. Cuba topped Group A of the tournament, defeating Dominica, 4-1, Turks & Caicos Islands, 7-0, and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, 10-0. Trinidad & Tobago won Group D, defeating Aruba, 9-0, and drawing, 1-1, with Bermuda. Cuba then defeated Bermuda, 2-1, in the quarterfinals, with Trinidad & Tobago winning, 3-0, against the Dominican Republic. Cuba advanced to the final with a 5-4 victory in penalty kicks against Haiti after a 1-1 draw in regulation. The other semifinal required additional time as well, with Trinidad & Tobago defeating Jamaica, 3-1, in overtime. Cuba took home the CFU Youth Cup title, winning Trinidad & Tobago, 2-1, in Macoya on Sunday, Aug. 10. Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago will join the United States, Canada, Mexico and three Central American teams at the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

U.S. U-15 GNT TO PLAY THREE MATCHES AT 2008 WOMEN’S NIKE FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will play three matches at the 2008 Women’s Nike Friendlies from Aug. 20-24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Mike Dickey has selected 24 players for the event. The team will kick off the weekend on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 12 p.m. PT against U-17 FC DELCO, followed by a match against the U-17 Irvine Strikers on Friday, Aug. 22. The U.S. will close out the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m. against U-17 Real Colorado.

U.S. U-15 GNT Women’s Nike Friendlies Schedule
Date        Opponent                      Time (PT)
Aug. 21   U-17 FC DELCO           12 p.m.
Aug. 22   U-17 Irvine Strikers       10:45 a.m.
Aug. 24   U-17 Real Colorado      8 a.m.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah), Miranda Cornejo (Vista, Calif.), Bryane Heaberlin (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas, Texas);
DEFENDERS (7): Brannon Olivia (Troy, Mich.), Megan Hunsberger, (Bethlehem, Pa.), Abigail Lutzenkirchen, (Marietta, Ga.), Marie MacKenzie (Palmdale, Calif.), Sarah Molina (Rocky River, Ohio), Kathryn Nigro (Livingston, Tenn.), Samantha Phillips (Chesapeake, Va.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kaysie Clark (Liberty, Mo.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu, Hawaii), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda, Md.), Alexandra Heffron, (Lowell, Mich.), Loeau LaBonta (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Shelby Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Haley Rosen (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.), Karin Simonian (Westbury, N.Y.);
FORWARDS (4): Shea Groom (Liberty, Mo.), Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif.), Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Emily Sippel (Beaverton, Ore.)

U.S. U-14 GNT TO PARTICIPATE AT 2008 WOMEN’S NIKE FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team will be split into two teams – Team Stars and Team Stripes – for six matches at the 2008 Women’s Nike Friendlies at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. U-14 GNT head coach has selected 36 players and divided them into two squads for the event, which will take place Aug. 20-24.

U.S. U-14 GNT – Team Stars Schedule
Date        Opponent                     Time (PT)
Aug. 21   U-16 Surf                        10 a.m.
Aug. 23   U-16 PDA                        10 a.m.
Aug. 24   U-16 Real Colorado     10 a.m.

U.S. U-14 GNT - Team Stars
GOALKEEPERS (2): Katelyn Rowland (Vacaville, Calif.), Morgan Ruhl (Hereford, Md.);
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Pleasanton, Calif.), Victoria Bruce (Cornelius, N.C.), Olivia Jester (Cincinnati, Ohio), Laura Liedle (San Diego, Calif.), Shelby Soldat (Rockwall, Texas), Maya Theuer (San Diego, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H.), Lauren Bernard (Colchester, Vt.), Isabel Farrell (Bellevue, Wash.), Lucy Lara (Como-Pickton, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore, Md.);
FORWARDS (5): Alex Anthony (Littleton, Colo.), Lauren D'Amico (Hummelstown, Pa.), Jaime Kator (Potomac, Md.), Yulie Lopez (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.), Laura Rose (Cincinnati, Ohio)

U.S. U-14 GNT – Team Stripes Schedule
Date        Opponent                   Time (PT)
Aug. 20   U-16 Real So Cal       7 p.m.
Aug. 23   U-16 Sereno               12 p.m.
Aug. 24   U-16 PDA                      8 a.m.

U.S. U-14 GNT - Team Stripes
GOALKEEPERS (2): Christina Sarokon (North Tonawanda, N.Y.), Cassandra Sternback (Calabasas, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Melissa Bomberger (Dublin, Ohio), Miranda Freeman (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Courtney Kobashigawa (Mansfield, Ohio), Mariah Powers (Elk Grove, Calif.), Loren Reilley (Alloway Twp., N.J.), Reagan Robishaw (Perry, Ohio);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Katherine Bettinger (Belvedere, Calif.), Jana Jeffery (Richardson, Texas), Kristen McNabb (Montville, N.J.), Ashley Meier (Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Danville, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (East Islip, N.Y.), Haley Washburn (Folsom, Calif.);
FORWARDS (3): Mariana Galvan (San Jose, Calif.), Elaina Musleh (Carmel, Ind.), Brittany Ratcliffe (Franklin Twp., N.J.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. REFEREES PARTICIPATE IN OLYMPIC GAMES, BLOG THEIR EXPERIENCE: The U.S. referee team of Kari Seitz, Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez have already officiated their first matches at the 2008 Olympic Games, as have full-time U.S. referee Jair Marrufo and Kermit Quisenberry. Both teams were selected for quarterfinal matches at the 2008 Olympic Games, and you can read all about it on “Official Take,” the U.S. Soccer referee blog, found here: http://ussoccer-referees.blogspot.com/.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM HELD SEPT. 9-10 IN CHICAGO: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct a coaching symposium from Sept. 9-10 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago. U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director of Scouting Dave Sarachan and members of the U.S. MNT coaching staff will present at the symposium. Cost for the symposium is $125 for active U.S. Soccer CoachesNet members and $140 for non-members. Registration includes a ticket (Section 209) to the game, day of game reception, and game day parking pass. Cost of registration also includes a personalized symposium packet which contains a 2008 Men’s National Team yearbook, a Best Practices booklet, a Kwik Goal gift, and a U.S. Soccer CoachesNet notebook. Registration is open to all coaches. “A” licensed coaches will earn two Continuing Education Units for attending the two-day symposium.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT midfielder turned forward Angela Hucles has had a breakout Olympic tournament, leading the team in scoring with four goals and starting every match. She has scored in the last three consecutive matches for the U.S. women, and her two goals against Japan currently have her tied at four goals with Brazil’s Marta for the tournament’s Silver Boot, which goes to the tournament’s second highest goalscorer.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s Olympic Team will be back in a familiar place on Thursday, Aug. 21: an Olympic Gold Medal match. The U.S. will face Brazil at 9 p.m. local time / 9 a.m. ET live on USA Network and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel.

QUOTABLE: “It was not an easy match as I thought Japan played very well, but we were able to come back from 1-0, and it’s due to the entire team. We’ve been able to get goals from different players and tonight was no different. I’m very proud of how the team performed tonight and now we can look forward to our next match against Brazil.”
-- U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage, after the team’s 4-2 win against Japan on Monday, Aug. 18, in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympic Games.

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